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August 15, 2018

New Gifted Student Law; IL Teacher Panel; FIRST LEGO League; Press Freedom Op-Eds

On The 21st: We speak with teachers from around the state about what they want parents to know. Plus, more than 100 publications around the country are coordinating editorials that defend the right of a free press. And, we talk to members of a central Illinois team in the FIRST LEGO League. But first, a new law in Illinois requires all schools to have systems in place to identify and advance or accommodate academically gifted children of all ages. 

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August 14, 2018

Kindergarten Readiness; Anti-Harassment, Equality and Access Panel; Solar in Southern Illinois

On The 21st: We talk to the members of the Anti-Harassment, Equity and Access Panel about what they're doing to level the playing field for women in politics. Also, what's behind the "solar boom" in Southern Illinois? But first, a new statewide study is measuring something called kindergarten readiness - that is, whether kindergarten students are ready for the school year when they first enter.

Birth control pills.

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August 14, 2018

Illinois Issues: Birth Control Without The Doctor

Advocates say increasing access to hormonal contraceptives could help reduce unplanned pregnancies. One legislative proposal considered earlier this year aims to do just that by allowing patients to skip a physician's visit and head straight to a pharmacist. But it is having trouble catching on in Illinois.

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